Tennis: Alexander Zverev wins the premiere title at the ATP tournament in Cologne

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The German tennis player Alexander Zverev won the title at the first edition of the new ATP tournament in Cologne. 6: 3, 6: 3 won the German number one against the Canadian top talent Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Zverev was in first place in the smaller hard court tournament in the 250 category. For Zverev it was the twelfth title and the first tournament victory since his success in Geneva around 17 months ago. About a month ago, Zverev had also lost the final of the US Open on hard court against Dominic Thiem.

After changeable appearances in previous rounds in Cologne, Zverev also made poor concentration against the Auger Aliassime set on three. Overall, however, he played consistently and immediately got the break to win the first set.

Zverev plays variable and fast

The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime, in 22nd place in the world rankings, was the strongest opponent for Zverev so far. But the native of Hamburg played variable and fast from the baseline. And in the second game, the world number seventh managed a break to make it 4: 2, then he had to fear for the lead again after two double errors, but fended off two breakballs. A few minutes later, Zverev used his first match ball.

At the tournament in Cologne, only one top ten player started with Zverev. In addition to Auger-Aliassime, there were other well-known players such as the world number 13. Roberto Bautista Agut or Andy Murray there.

The next tournament in Cologne starts on Monday. For the first time in the history of the ATP Tour, two international professional tournaments will take place one after the other at the same venue.

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